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Twin: A Memoir

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Twin: A Memoir

by Allen Shawn

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0670022373
ISBN 13
9780670022373
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First printing. Volume, measuring approximately 6" x 8.75", is bound in dark green paper spine and light green paper-covered boards, with stamped white lettering to spine and blind-stamped author's initials on front cover. Small dent is visible at bottom edge of front board. Book and dust jacket are otherwise like new. 232 pages.
"A heartbreaking yet deeply hopeful memoir about life as a twin in the face of autism. When Allen Shawn and his twin sister, Mary, were two, Mary began exhibiting signs of what would be diagnosed many years later as autism. Understanding Mary and making her life a happy one appeared to be impossible for the Shawns. At the age of eight, with almost no warning, her parents sent Mary to a residential treatment center. She never lived at home again. Fifty years later, as he probed the sources of his anxieties in "Wish I Could Be There," Shawn realized that his fate was inextricably linked to his sister's, and that their natures were far from being different. "Twin" highlights the difficulties American families coping with autism faced in the 1950s. Shawn also examines the secrets and family dramas as his father, William, became editor of The New Yorker. "Twin" reconstructs a parallel narrative for the two siblings, who experienced such divergent fates yet shared talents and proclivities. Wrenching, honest, understated, and poetic, Twin is at heart about the mystery of being inextricably bonded to someone who can never be truly understood."

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"Extraordinary...An unsparing but deeply compassionate inquiry into [family] life." -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times As Allen Shawn probed the sources of his anxieties while writing the acclaimed Wish I Could Be There , he realized that his fate was inextricably linked to his autistic twin sister. Mary, who has lived in a residency center for more than fifty years. Twin offers a deeply personal account of their divergent lives, and examines society's changing attitudes toward and understanding of autism. It also provides an intimate look at the Shawns' idiosyncratic family life with their father, the famed longtime editor of The New Yorker , William Shawn. Wrenching, honest, understated, and poetic, Twin is at heart about the mystery of being profoundly bonded to someone who can never be truly understood.

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Bookseller
Palimpsest Scholarly Books US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
692c
Title
Twin: A Memoir
Author
Allen Shawn
Book condition
New As New
Jacket condition
Near Fine
Quantity-available
1
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 10
0670022373
ISBN 13
9780670022373
Publisher
Viking
Place of Publication
East Rutherford, Nj, U.s.a.
Date Published
2010

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